Uncut Currency Sheets &c.

Modern uncut sheets

Since 1981, the BEP has sold full and partial uncut sheets of currency directly to collectors. (Current series uncut sheets can be purchased at the BEP's online store.) Initially only $1 sheets were available, but $2 sheets were soon offered as well, and higher denominations have been added more recently. In most cases, the uncut sheets have had special ranges of serial numbers, higher than the serials used on notes printed for circulation; these separate serial ranges serve primarily to prevent dishonest persons from creating fake "miscut" error notes by chopping up the sheets at odd angles. However, uncut sheets of star notes frequently represent leftovers from regular production print runs, rather than special printings for collectors, and so the star sheets do not use these special high serials.

The table below lists the serial number blocks which have been used for these sheets. In each non-star block, all serial numbers used on uncut sheets are above 99840000 in Series 1981 and 1981A; above 99776000 in Series 1985; above 99200000 in Series 1988; and above 96000000 in all other series listed. (Exception: some Series 1995 $5 sheets on district H were printed with serials in the 8888xxxx range.) However, many of the blocks listed here used only part of the available serial range. I am currently attempting to compile more specific information on the serial ranges used for the uncut sheets. See the survey page here for details, and please report any uncut sheets you may have that do not fall into the ranges already listed there! :)

Colors indicate sheets printed at Washington, DC or Fort Worth, TX. Blocks listed in italics may or may not exist; I've seen conflicting sources in a few cases. Please note that the BEP does not provide regular reports on the sheets as it does on the circulation production, so the information on current series may be somewhat incomplete.

Denom/
Series
Federal Reserve District Denom/
Series
ABCDEF GHIJKL
$1
1981
A..A
A..B
A..C
A..D
A..E
A..F
A..G
A..H
B..A
B..B
B..C
B..D
B..E
B..F
B..G
B..H
B..I
C..A D..A






D..H
E..A
E..B
E..C
E..D
E..E
E..F
E..G
E..H
F..A G..A H..A
H..B

H..D
H..E
I..A J..A K..A L..A $1
1981
$1
1981A
A..A
A..B
B..A
B..B
B..C
C..A
C..B
D..A
D..B
E..A
E..B
F..A
F..B
G..A
G..B
H..A
H..B
I..A
I..B
J..A
J..B
K..A
K..B
L..A
L..B
$1
1981A
$1
1985
A..A
A..B
A..C
B..A
B..B
B..C
C..A
C..B
C..C
D..A
D..B
D..C
E..A
E..B
E..C
F..A
F..B
F..C
F..D
F..E
G..A
G..B
G..C
H..A
H..B
H..C
H..D
I..A
I..B
I..C
I..D
J..A
J..B
J..C
J..D
K..A
K..B
K..C
L..A
L..B
L..C
$1
1985
$1
1988
A..A B..A C..A D..A E..A F..A G..A H..A
H..B
I..A J..A K..A L..A $1
1988
$1
1988A
A..A
A..B
B..A
B..B
C..A
C..B
D..A
D..B
E..A F..A G..A H..A I..A J..A K..A
K..A
K..B
K..C
L..A $1
1988A
$1
1993
- - - D..A
D..B
E..A - - - - - K..A
K..B
- $1
1993
$1
1995
A..A
A..B
B..A C..A D..A E..A - - - I..A - K..A
K..B
- $1
1995
$1
1999

A..A

B..A
B..B

C..A

D..A
E..* - - - - -
K..A
- $1
1999
$1
2001
- B..A - - - - - - I..A - K..A L..A $1
2001
$1
2003
-  
B..B
C..A - E..A - - H..A - J..A K..A
K..B
- $1
2003
$1
2003A
- - C..A - E..A F..A G..A
G..B
- - J..A - L..A
L..B
L..C
$1
2003A
$1
2006
- - C..A D..A E..A - - - - - K..A L..A $1
2006
$1
2009
A..A B..A
B..B
C..A
 
C..C
- - F..A
F..B
G..A - - J..A K..A
K..B
L..A $1
2009
$2
1976
A..* B..*
B..A
B..B
B..C
C..* D..*  
E..A
E..B
F..*
F..A
G..* H..*  
I..A
I..B
I..C
J..* K..* L..* $2
1976
$2
1995
- - - - - F..*
F..A
F..B
F..C
F..D
F..E
F..F
F..G
F..H
- - - - - - $2
1995
$2
2003
- B..A - - - F..A G..A - I..A - K..A - $2
2003
$2
2003A
A..A
A..B
B..A
B..B
C..A
C..B
D..A
D..B
E..A
E..B
F..A
F..B
G..A
G..B
H..A
H..B
I..A
I..B
J..A
J..B
K..A
K..B
L..A
L..B
$2
2003A
$2
2009
- B..A - - - - - - - - - - $2
2009
$5
1995
A..A - - - - F..A -  
H..D
H..E
H..F
H..G
H..H
H..I
H..J
H..K
- - - - $5
1995
$5
2001
- CB..A CC..A - - - - - - - - - $5
2001
$5
2003
- - - - - - DG..* - - - -  
DL..A
$5
2003
$5
2003A
- - - - - - - - - - - FL..A $5
2003A
$5
2006
- - - - - HF..A
HF..B
- - - - - - $5
2006
$5
2006
- IB..A - - - - - - - - - - $5
2006
$5
2009
- - - - - -  
JG..B
- - - - JL..A $5
2009
$10
1995
- - - - - F..* - - - - - - $10
1995
$10
2003
DA..* - - - - - - - - - - - $10
2003
$10
2004A
- GB..* - - - GF..* - - - - - GL..* $10
2004A
$10
2006
- - - - - IF..A - - - - - - $10
2006
$10
2009
- - JC..A - - - JG..A - - - - JL..A $10
2009
$20
1996
- - - - - - - - - - - AL..* $20
1996
$20
2004
EA..* - - - - - - - - - - - $20
2004
$20
2004A
GA..* - - - - - - - - - - - $20
2004A
$20
2006
- IB..A - - - - - - - - - - $20
2006
$20
2009
JA..A JB..A - - - - - - - - - - $20
2009
$50
2004
- - - - - - EG..* - - - - - $50
2004
$50
2006
 
IA..B
- - ID..A - - - - - - - - $50
2006
$50
2009
- JB..A - - - - - - - - - - $50
2009
$100
2009A
- - - - - LF..A - - - - - - $100
2009A

Certain of these blocks were not released as full sheets, but only as partial sheets. These are:

The following blocks were printed only as uncut sheets, and not as circulation-issue notes:

The following blocks had uncut sheets printed at Fort Worth, though all circulation-issue notes in these blocks were printed at Washington:

Conversely, the following blocks had uncut sheets printed at Washington, though all circulation-issue notes in these blocks were printed at Fort Worth:

Many (likely all) of the Series 1981 $1 A..H sheets contain a mismatched prefix error: On the note in position G3, in the right-hand serial number, the prefix letter 'A' is replaced by a 'B'. The notes from this position have serials A 999 50001 H through A 999 55000 H.

Other BEP collector products

For many years, the uncut sheets were the only collector products sold by the BEP. Recently, however, quite a few additional products have been introduced. Most of these new offerings are single notes or small sets of notes with either star serial numbers or other mildly interesting serials such as 0000xxxx or 8888xxxx. These notes are usually drawn from the BEP's ordinary print runs, so that they do not create any new serial number ranges outside those used for circulation production.

However, a few of the collector products have actually included notes printed especially for the purpose. These notes, like those in the uncut sheets, have serials outside the ranges reported as printed for circulation. The following table lists the serial numbers known to have been used for such notes.

Denom/
Series
Federal Reserve District Denom/
Series
ABCDEF GHIJKL
$2
1995
A 200 00001 *
A 200 09999 *
B 200 00001 *
B 200 09999 *
C 200 00001 *
C 200 09999 *
D 200 00001 *
D 200 09999 *
E 200 00001 *
E 200 09999 *
F 200 00001 *
F 200 09999 *
G 200 00001 *
G 200 09999 *
H 200 00001 *
H 200 09999 *
I 200 00001 *
I 200 09999 *
J 200 00001 *
J 200 09999 *
K 200 00001 *
K 200 09999 *
L 200 00001 *
L 200 09999 *
$2
1995
$2
2003
A 000 00001 *
A 000 16000 *
B 000 00001 *
B 000 16000 *
C 000 00001 *
C 000 16000 *
D 000 00001 *
D 000 16000 *
E 000 00001 *
E 000 16000 *
F 000 00001 *
F 000 16000 *
G 000 00001 *
G 000 16000 *
H 000 00001 *
H 000 16000 *
I 000 00001 *
I 000 16000 *
J 000 00001 *
J 000 16000 *
K 000 00001 *
K 000 16000 *
L 000 00001 *
L 000 16000 *
$2
2003
$2
2003A
- - - - - - - H 888 80000 C
H 888 89999 C
- - - - $2
2003A
A 200 80000 D
A 201 11999 D
B 200 80000 D
B 201 11999 D
C 200 80000 D
C 201 11999 D
D 200 80000 D
D 201 11999 D
E 200 80000 D
E 201 11999 D
F 200 80000 D
F 201 11999 D
G 200 80000 D
G 201 11999 D
H 200 80000 D
H 201 11999 D
I 201 12000 D
I 201 39999 D
J 201 12000 D
J 201 39999 D
K 200 80000 D
K 201 11999 D
L 200 80000 D
L 201 11999 D
- - - - - - - H 888 80000 E
H 888 89999 E
- - - -
$10
1995
A 999 92000 Y
A 999 99999 Y
B 999 98000 Y
B 999 99999 Y
C 999 98000 Y
C 999 99999 Y
D 999 98000 Y
D 999 99999 Y
E 999 98000 Y
E 999 99999 Y
F 999 98000 Y
F 999 99999 Y
G 999 98000 Y
G 999 99999 Y
H 999 98000 Y
H 999 99999 Y
I 999 96000 Y
I 999 99999 Y
J 999 98000 Y
J 999 99999 Y
K 999 98000 Y
K 999 99999 Y
L 999 98000 Y
L 999 99999 Y
$10
1995
$10
1999
BA 999 98000 Y
BA 999 99999 Y
BB 999 98000 Y
BB 999 99999 Y
BC 999 98000 Y
BC 999 99999 Y
BD 999 98000 Y
BD 999 99999 Y
BE 999 98000 Y
BE 999 99999 Y
BF 999 98000 Y
BF 999 99999 Y
BG 999 98000 Y
BG 999 99999 Y
BH 999 98000 Y
BH 999 99999 Y
BI 999 98000 Y
BI 999 99999 Y
BJ 999 98000 Y
BJ 999 99999 Y
BK 999 98000 Y
BK 999 99999 Y
BL 999 98000 Y
BL 999 99999 Y
$10
1999

The 2003 $2 range I 000 00001 * to I 000 16000 * consists of serials that were reported as printed for circulation, but the notes with these serials included in the BEP premium sets were not the notes from the circulation print run, being from different plate positions. Presumably this means that the first 16000 notes of the circulation print run were destroyed unissued.

Also, those 2003 $2 premium notes were listed by the BEP as having been printed at Washington, but observed notes have the "FW" mark. The BEP is now saying that the notes were intaglio-printed at Fort Worth, but that these 8000 sheets were then shipped to Washington for overprinting! Bizarre, but oh well. For present purposes, I'm still going to list them as Fort Worth products....

I've now seen premium-set 1995 $10's from two different districts with serials well below the supposed low for the issue of 99998000. I'm starting to wonder if this reported low serial might be incorrect for all districts....

Older uncut sheets

Prior to the BEP's offering of uncut sheets in 1981, the sheets had been unavailable to collectors since the early 1950's. These older sheets were not advertised by the BEP, but were available upon request; as a result, they were released in much smaller quantities than the modern sheets. They also did not have special serial numbers as the modern sheets do; they were simply printed in sequence with the ongoing regular production. The following tables list the serial number ranges recorded as having been used for these older-series uncut sheets.

12-subject sheets
TypeDenomSeriesSerial Numbers
USN$11928 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00120 A
A 018 72001 A - A 018 72012 A
$21928C B 090 12001 A - B 090 12300 A
B 839 88001 A - B 839 88600 A
1928E D 355 32001 A - D 355 32600 A
1928F D 395 52001 A - D 395 53200 A
1928G E 077 04001 A - E 077 05200 A
$51928E G 683 52001 A - G 683 53200 A
SC$11928 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00960 A
1928B V 510 00001 A - V 510 00072 A
1928C B 294 48001 B - B 294 48120 B
D 233 28001 B - D 233 28012 B
1928D D 825 96001 B - D 825 96720 B
1928E F 720 00001 B - F 720 00300 B
1934 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00300 A
1935 A 000 00001 A - A 000 01200 A
1935A V 431 28001 A - V 431 29200 A
F 419 52001 C - F 419 52150 C
F 419 53999 C - F 419 54148 C
F 419 64001 C - F 419 64150 C
F 419 65999 C - F 419 66148 C
1935B C 933 84001 D - C 933 85200 D
1935C K 999 96001 D - K 999 97200 D
1935D R 881 04001 E - R 881 05200 E
Z 333 24001 E - Z 333 25200 E
B 055 20001 G - B 055 21200 G
$51934 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00300 A
1934B L 274 56001 A - L 274 56300 A
1934C L 508 08001 A - L 508 09200 A
1934D Q 716 28001 A - Q 716 29200 A
$101933 A 003 72001 A - A 003 72012 A
1933A A 003 72013 A - A 003 72024 A
1934 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00120 A
18-subject sheets
TypeDenomSeries Serial Numbers (position A)
USN$21953 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00100 A
$51953 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00100 A
SC$11935D G 000 00001 G - G 000 00100 G
N 468 07999 G - N 468 08000 G
1935E N 469 44001 G - N 469 44100 G
R 950 40001 G - R 950 40100 G
U 751 68001 G - U 751 68100 G
X 316 80001 G - X 316 80100 G
$51953 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00100 A
$101953 A 000 00001 A - A 000 00100 A


The 12-subject sheets are all numbered consecutively, except for the 1935A $1 SC F..C block sheets. Those sheets, representing the wartime North Africa and Hawaii issues, are numbered consecutively down each half of the sheet, with a skip of 1998 serials between halves--so, for example, the sheet containing F 419 52001 C through F 419 52006 C on the left half would also contain F 419 53999 C through F 419 54004 C on the right half. (It appears that most normal production print runs were numbered in this fashion for much of the 12-subject-sheet era, but that most runs of uncut sheets were given special numbering so that all twelve notes on each sheet would be consecutive.)

The 18-subject sheets, on the other hand, are all skip-numbered, with skips of 8000 serials between positions. Thus, for example, the sheet containing A 000 00001 A would also contain A 000 08001 A, A 000 16001 A, and so on up to A 001 36001 A.

In addition to the sheets listed above, a very few uncut sheets of 1928-series FRNs and Series 1929 FRBNs are known to exist, though the BEP has no record of their issue. Most, but not all, of these have very low serial numbers, representing the first few sheets of the printing for their Federal Reserve district. Also, many six-note half-sheets of Series 1929 NBNs exist; these notes were actually issued to the National Banks in half-sheet form, and it was not an uncommon practice for a bank to preserve a sheet or two for display purposes, or to sell one to an interested collector.

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